We have created a home away from home in our lunch room. The children eat their lunch on a dining table and have plates, bowls etc similar to those they would use while at home.
The children enjoy a hot cooked meal and a dessert.
After eating their lunch the children will either spend time in the indoor or outdoor environment with our lunchtime assistants. Our lunchtime assistants also work within our nursery sessions so the children know them well.
The children are then either picked up and go home or return to a nursery session.
The lunchtimes at Mill Hill are a time where children are eating their meal in a calm relaxed environment, chatting with their friends and interacting with the staff who are looking after them. We see this time of day as an important learning experience with the children learning the social aspects of eating together and also further developing their communication skills.